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Riviera Review

4.5 / 5.0
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707 reviews
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Enjoyable but not the best

Review for Riviera to Cuba
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goldeneyes
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2019
Cabin: Concierge Level

We chose this one over one that we had booked on the MSC Seaside because it included a stop in Cuba and one other country that we had not been to before in the Western Caribbean. We (my wife and I) also had her two brothers along for a much needed vacation and we had wanted to see if Oceania cruises would live up to all the hype especially their cuisine.

The food was very good, among the best we have had on cruises. Even though the choices on the buffet were limited what they had tasted very good and the sushi for dinner was the best that I had on any cruise. For breakfast I had to see how their lox (smoked salmon) stacked up against the best that I had on a cruise (Royal Caribbean 2006) and they came in a credible second to that one. Specialty restaurants didn't disappoint although they weren't the best we have eaten at they were good. At least the lobster I had on Oceania was better than that on board a recent Regent cruise.

Our excursions were all enjoyable and nicely different from the typical cruise line fare. There were a couple of ports that Oceania didn't offer much if any that were exciting or even remotely interesting so we opted to get others from outside companies. The one we got for Cozumel, the Mayan Kun Che Park, was awesome and one that I would recommend to anyone who wasn't interested in visiting the ruins.

Cabin Review

Concierge Level

Cabin A3

Small for the price with a queen not a king bed and no space to store large suitcases except in the bathtub.

Port Reviews

Key West

We just went ashore and did walkabout on our own since none of the excursions offered were appealing. Key West is a place that can't be appreciated in a few hours - you need a day or three.

Santo Tomas de Castilla

This excursion was through a private company - Go with Gus and was supposed to be a trip to Jaguar Caves and an archaeological site. Unfortunately that got cancelled due to unsafe conditions so we went on a Humanitarian tour to a school and village.

Harvest Caye

This one was to Myan ruins and a spice farm. The ruins were underwhelming but the farm was very interesting and we got some nice freshly grown and organic spices for our sons.

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